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Hi I'm Candace

I am the wife of one exceptional husband, the mother of three outstanding children and the biggest fan or six wonderful grandchild

About Me

I love to make quilts. They bring such peace and contentment to me. I enjoy coordinating different fabrics and there is nothing better than snuggling under a quilt that is warm, soft and pretty. I have become a biker - bicycle biker that is. My husband and I ride approximately 16 miles 5-6 times a week. He has been doing it for 3 years - I have been riding for 3 months. It is a great way to get exercise and spend time together. I enjoy traveling, reading (usually mysteries), hiking and spending time with my family. The best times are when we are all together and there is confusion, noise, and happiness. We love each other very much. I am a dental hygienist who worked for 31 years in the dental field. It was a rewarding career that I could work at part time, make a decent salary, and not be away from my children too many days. My father was a dentist and he encouraged me to go into the field. For that, I am extremely grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life. My great, great, great grandparents joined the church in distant lands, emigrated to the US and trudged across the plains to join with other members of the church in the Salt Lake Valley. For their devotion and sacrifice, I will be always grateful. For having been taught the gospel as a child, I will always be grateful. But my testimony and belief in His gospel are my own. I have struggled and prayed throughout my life as challenges have come my way but have known deep in my soul that this is Jesus Christ's gospel. He is a loving elder brother who sacrificed His life for me and for all people on the earth. I know that my Father in Heaven loves, knows and cares about me. He wants me to be happy and return to Him at the end of my life. I believe in prophets and apostles and bear witness to their divine calling to witness to the world that Jesus is the Christ. I am happy because of the gospel and the eternal focus I have. When I do struggle with depression, I hold fast to my faith and my belief that this is a necessary part of the learning experience as I try to get closer to my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my ward. I have had many different opportunities to work with others, including younger children and teenage young women. By serving, I feel I am emulating my Savior in a very small way. These experiences have given me confidence, strength, a way to be creative and also to have fun. I am now organizing different events for the women in my ward. What a wonderful and exciting opportunity for me to get involved in their lives and to make things "nice" for them. These events include offering all types of classes from cooking to gardening to education to scripture study to crafts. It is such a uniting time for us as women. We also give service at any opportunity that presents itself. I find such comfort and direction in my life when I offer service to others. I try to be involved in my community also. I have volunteered at my children and grand children's schools which is such fun. They love having me come and I look forward to seeing where they spend a great part of their day learning. One can never be too involved in the raising of children. I have great faith in this gospel. It brings me such joy.

What is the Relief Society?

Candace
The Relief Society is a wonderful women's organization that gives all women the opportunity to serve others, strengthen our families and build our personal testimonies of the Savior and His divine mission. I have been a member of this organization since I turned 18 - which is the age young women are welcome to join. It has been such a wonderful addition to the fabric of my life. Here I have learned many skills, been taught gospel principles and learned the importance of a life of service. I love Relief Society. Show more Show less